9 Aug 2016

Done Deal: Legend slates 'amazing' transfer for £290k-a-week superstar Liverpool tried to sign in 2014

It's official: Manchester United have smashed the world transfer record to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba^ for an eye-watering £89m, but is he worth the money?

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness is not convinced, and when asked today about the Pogba deal, he told Sky Sports:

"No matter what he achieves, I don't think he's worth £89m. For that money you're looking for the finished article, someone who changes games on a regular basis. I've not witnessed that from Pogba yet."

Jamie Carragher disagrees with Souey, and speaking to The Mirror today, he mused:

"He [Pogba] will be worth it if he plays well. When you put the whole package together of the ability he has got, he will be a fantastic player".

Liverpool were laughably linked with a move for Pogba in the summer of 2014, and at the time, Michael Owen urged the Reds to break the bank to seal the deal. He told BT Sport:

"The ideal replacement [for Gerrard] is Paul Pogba at Juventus. He's an exceptional talent who can drive on in that central midfield role".

Owen is probably right, but there was absolutely no chance of Liverpool signing Pogba, especially with Brendan Rodgers in charge.

As the United transfer - ridiculous transfer fee aside, it's another hammer blow to the Reds' chances of finishing in the top four, but it's also amusing to see United pay through the nose to re-sign a player they sold for an equally ridiculous £800k.

Alex Ferguson is undoubtedly one of the greatest managers of all time, but his decision to allow Pogba to leave is arguably one of the worst transfer decisions in British football history, and it's a mistake that just cost the club £89m.

With any luck, United will crash and burn this season, and the massive transfer outlay will burn a massive hole in their finances. Realistically, though, that's not going to happen, especially with serial winners like Mourinho, Ibrahimovic, and Pogba at the club.

^ 8 Aug: Reportedly on £290k-a-week at Man Utd. Hailed by Jose Mourinho as an 'amazing' transfer.


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